This sunday I was indulging in one of my favourite pastimes, which is scrounging. I came across a record 04 plane in absolute mint condition, for a price that I just could not ignore. I had never handled a Record plane before, but watching Rob Cosworth using them on his DVD's was enough for me to realize that they could be tuned pretty well.
I must be honest, after giving this plane a close once over, I believe it is superior to the stanleys and I have a soft spot for stanley tools. The first thing you notice is the weight, it is heavy. The sole is pretty close to true, but does not look like it has been lapped. This plane just feels like a good tool.
One question I have, is that besides the brand name, the plane carries an "SS" mark, bright, front and centre. What does this stand for ?. The sensible bet is Sheffield Steel, but I would like to know if anyone is sure about this.